With approximately 180 participants over 4 days of interactive, creative workshops, diverse panel sessions, keynotes, brain-walks and field trips, the HSDS was an inspiring, energising and thought-provoking event, brilliantly organised by a helpful, professional team whom we heartily thank for their excellent work!
Event documentation and reports will soon be available on the five topic rooms: Education for Sustainable Development, Reporting and Governance, Steering our Cities towards Sustainability, Higher Education Institutions – Aims, Agendas, Actors, Methods and Perspectives. Please check the HSDS website for documentation.
A survey of 111 HSDS participants on Sustainability at Higher Education Institutions was conducted to get an impression of participants' visions of the future of sustainability at higher education institutions. Read the survey results here!
Future Forward Summit 17th-19th October 2018, Brussels.
Future Forward is a pioneering event for higher education in the heart of Brussels. Embrace a mix of (inter)national sustainable projects and visionary insights. Bring your own idea, share it with colleagues and refine it. Future Forward is a network festival for inspired higher education professionals that aims to show change and make progress. Let’s welcome the future. Read more here.
The UN Secretary-General transmits herewith the report from the Director General of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) on the implementation of education for sustainable development. You can download it here.
The call for papers for a special issue of the Higher Education Policy Journal “Higher Education and Research for Sustainable Development: A New Academic Discipline?” is open until the end of May. The aim of the two Prizes, each awared with 2 000 EUR, is to promote research in the field of higher education policy by recognizing outstanding work by two scholars: one from IAU and one from CA Member Institutions or Organisations.
An international jury of distinguished scholars and higher education leaders will review the essays submitted and select the most deserving entry. The winning lead authors will be invited to the IAU Conference 2018 or the Copernicus Alliance Conference 2018, where the prize will be awarded.
Deadline for submission of abstracts: 31st May 2017.
Please find the full text of the call here.
The Big Tent Consortium (a global network of universities and their community partners - including COPERNICUS Alliance) has issued the ‘Global Communique-VII’, as a call to action to its members amidst the global crisis that has emerged in light of the travel restrictions issued by the USA on January 27, 2017. You can download the text of the Communique here.
The second Spring Campus of the „University Alliance for Sustainability“ will take place from March 27-31, 2017 at Freie Universität Berlin. The Spring Campus will be on the topic: “Societal Transformation to Sustainability: Universities as Pacesetters?”
Following a whole institution approach, the spring campus will bring researchers, management staff, as well as PhD candidates and students together to contribute to the discussion of the event’s topic. During the Opening Day renowned keynote speakers will address the opportunities and challenges of the societal transformation to sustainability with special regard for the role of universities as societal actors. Furthermore, we will discuss the integral functions that academic research has on political decisions, community development and the education of our students.
An MoU between CA and IAU was signed at the COPERNICUS Alliance Conference 2016 in Vienna on 15th September 2016. This paves the way for cooperation on developing guidelines for integration of SD at all institutional levels to serve the UNESCO Global Action Plan of ESD.
- development of a joint special issue of the the Higher Education Policy journal
- allocation of funds for prizes for papers
- development of IAU HESD portal
- systematic mutual invitation to CA/IAU events
- development of professional training programmeon HESD leadership
For more details read the Memorandum of Understanding
On 24th November, the CA Conference 2015 took place in Madrid. It was a day packed with ideas and we thank everyone for their contributions! Presentations from the conference will be uploaded soon. Until that time you can see some photos from CA events in Madrid and also from UE4SD project events.
Please see the following photo galleries:
The Leading Practice Publication (LPP) is the result of nearly two years of work on the UE4SD project building on the knowledge and experience of 53 partners from 33 countries active in the area of Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) at European higher education institutions (HEIs). In these two years (2013-2015), a wealth of information has been gathered and we are pleased to share with you some of the key findings and experiences gained during the project in this publication.
A global alliance of tertiary and higher education sustainability networks, representing more than 3000 universities and colleges worldwide, today jointly issued an open letter urging Ministers and Governments to acknowledge and strengthen the research and education role that Universities and Colleges play in addressing climate change.
International Green Gown Awards recognise exceptional sustainability initiatives being undertaken by universities and colleges. The Awards cover all aspects of educational institutions – from their teaching and research, leadership, buildings and food to how students can benefit the quality of life in the communities around them. More information at the EAUC website.
The UNESCO Chair "Higher Education for Sustainable Development“ at Leuphana University of Lüneburg, Germany, cordially invites paper proposals from interested scholars and actcation for Sustainable Development Joining Forces".
The Conference will be taking place from 17 to 19 September 2015 at the Leuphana University of Lüneburg, Germany.
Paper and poster submissions will be accepted until 15 May 2015.
For more information see: http://www.leuphana.de/en/unesco-chair/conference-2015.html
Keynote speaker was Katja Brundiers, Community-University Liaison for the School of Sustainability at Arizona State University, US, who opened the topic: "Innovative teaching for sustainability in higher education: experiences and reflections from transdisciplinary cases”.
The spring edition of the COPERNICUS Alliance newsletter is available now. We provide information about upcoming events, including the COPERNICUS Alliance Annual Conference in Madrid, 24th November 2015, calls for proposals, news about the activities of our members and from the world of HESD, and a profile of one of our newest member institutes, the University of Bucharest. You can download it here.
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Global Universities Partnership on Environment and Sustainability (GUPES) was launched in June 2012, in the lead up to RIO+20 and the Higher Education Sustainability Initiative (HESI). The partnership currently currently counts over 500 partners worldwide. The goal of GUPES is to promote the mainstreaming of environment and sustainability practices and curricula into universities by supporting innovative approaches to education.
On 4 October 2014, members attending the AGM in Prague helped shape the future of the CA by casting their votes for the 2015-16 CA Leadership Team. We are very pleased to announce that
- Dr Clemens Mader (Leuphana University Lüneburg, Germany) was elected as CA President and
- Dr Jana Dlouhá (Charles University, Czech Republic), as Vice-President.
The new team will assume their roles in January 2015 and the CA Secretariat will move to Charles University. Please join us in congratulating the new Team!
This catalogue of good examples of integration of sustainability in the study programmes of the Faculty of Engineering and Science at Aalborg University has been prepared as part of the documentation of the project “Problem Based Learning and Sustainability in Engineering and Science Education – Practice and Potential”.
The online elections for the three vacant positions on the CA Advisory Board closed on Wednesday 18 June. Thank you to all CA members for taking the time to cast your vote. The voting rate was exceptionally good.
CA was established and is run by members, for members. It is co-ordinated by a President and Vice-President from CA member institutions and supported by an Advisory Board and a Network Co-ordinator. The CA President and Vice-President are elected by members every two years.
As you are aware, the United Nations Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (DESD) is coming to an end in 2014. As a follow-up to the Decade, UNESCO has developed the Global Action Programme (GAP) on ESD, which was endorsed by the 37th session of UNESCO’s General Conference in 2013 and will be launched at the World Conference on ESD to be held from 10 to 12 November 2014 in Aichi-Nagoya, Japan. The Programme will also be forwarded to the United Nations General Assembly at its 69th session in 2014 for consideration and appropriate action.
The United Nations University through its Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability (UNU-IAS) is organising the “International Conference on Higher Education for Sustainable Development: Higher Education Beyond 2014” in Aichi-Nagoya, Japan on 9 November, in collaboration with UNESCO, the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN DESA), UNEP, UN Global Compact’s Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME) initiative, and the International Association of Universities (IAU).
The workshop, organised by the German, Austrian and Slovakian UNESCO Commissions took place 15 to 17 June 2014 in Bratislava, Slovakia.
On 4th July the Deputy Vice-chancellor Department of Students, Employment and Social Responsibility of the University of the Basque Country will organise a Conference/meeting day with lecturers of the University to discuss how to continue implementing the strategy for the Education for Sustainability at the University.
The 7th RCE Asia-Pacific Meeting will be hosted by the CA international member RCE Penang in Malaysia from 26–28 August in conjunction with the International Symposium on “A Decade of Regional Centres of Expertise on ESD: Reflections and Advances in Asia-Pacific”.
This two-day workshop will include an introduction to PBL learning principles and the Aalborg PBL model, visits to selected study programmes and talks with selected groups of students.
The programme and registration form are available here.
We are pleased to announce that the UE4SD website is now live and can be accessed here. The website includes key information on the project, the list of partners, recent news and a list of partners.
The UE4SD project leaflet has also been recently finalized and can be viewed here. The leaflet has been translated into all partner languages. The different translations will be available at this link at end of August.
We would like to invite all CA members to submit nominations for candidates to the Advisory Board before 31st May.
Following the approval of members attending the AGM, our President, Prof Daniella Tilbury has brokered a new partnership for CA. There are plans to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) next June 2014 with the Global Universities Partnership on Environment for Sustainability (GUPES).
University Educators for Sustainable Development (UE4SD) is a CA project that brings together 55 partners (mainly universities) from 33 countries across Europe and beyond to rethink the higher education curriculum to address sustainable development. The 3 year-project, funded by the European Commission under the Lifelong Learning Programme - Erasmus Academic Networks, commenced in October 2013 and will seek to innovate academic practice and curriculum by creating opportunities for university educators to develop professional competences and the academic leadership capabilities linked to ESD.
Prof Daniella Tilbury was commissioned by UNESCO ESD Section to research and write a report that reviews developments and progress in Higher Education in the area of sustainable development during the DESD years. The DESD, or UN Decade in Education for Sustainable Development, commenced in 2005 and will close this year with a celebration in Nagoya, Japan.
From March 19th – 21st the IAU held its International Conference at Universidad Científica del Perú at Iquitos, Peru. The leading conference theme was: “Blending Higher Education and Traditional Knowledge for Sustainable Development”. Among the approx. 180 participants from around the world, CA and its members were represented by its Vice-President Prof Clemens Mader and the Rector of the University of Siena (Italy), Prof Angelo Riccabioni.
The National Union of Students (NUS) has been championing student-led sustainability across the UK for ten years now. Delivering behaviour change programmes in over 100 students’ unions, and recently securing £5 million of funding to embed sustainability across higher education, NUS works to help students leave their time in education as part of the solution to our environmental challenges.
The University of Gloucestershire (UoG) was presented with a special recognition award for 'consistent top ranking between 2007-2013' at the Green League 2013 Graduation Ceremony held at Manchester Metropolitan University on the 17th February.
We are delighted to announce that CA has been successful in an Erasmus Academic Network Project submitted in February, which aims to progress the implementation of the Rio+20 Treaty on Higher Educationand support CA activities and meetings. This opportunity is aligned to the CA commitments made in the period 2012-13 and will contribute to enhance member collaboration as well as profile the network at an international level.
The Conference of Rectors of Spanish Universities (CRUE) is a Spanish non-governmental organisation set up by and for the 75 Spanish public and private universities in 2002. Its Sectorial Commission on Environmental Quality, Sustainable Development and Risk Prevention (CADEP) group was primarily launched to strengthen the management and environmental awareness of Spanish universities in an attempt to minimise the impacts of their activities upon local and global environments. It was also intended to promote cooperation for exchange of successful experiences and coordination with other social actors in order to promote the application of specific actions on campuses. Approximately 40 Universities are members of this commission and over 85% of Spanish universities have taken part in its activities, meetings and events.
CA extends a warm welcome to the University Sains Malaysia (USM, Malaysia), who has just joined the network as an international observer. We look forward to your participation in our planned activities for this year!
CA is member of the Ubuntu Committee of Peers since 2003 and has been invited at this meeting where applications for new RCEs to be acknowledged within this year will be reviewed and advice to the United Nations University (UNU) on policy and strategic matters will be provided. Participation at this meeting has been fully funded by UNU and both Prof Daniella Tilbury (CA President) and Prof Clemens Mader (CA Vice-Paresident) will attend.
Monike Gezuraga, lecturer at UPV-EHU, Department of Pedagogy and School Management, is in engaged in a doctoral thesis which aims to develop a pedagogical proposal to enhance service learning at UPV-EHU. The main goal is to describe the implementation of service learning in UPV-EHU and interpret university community stakeholders’ views on this type of learning. The outcome of the thesis will be a list of recommendations to integrate service learning pedagogical approaches at the University.
The Sustainability Indicators at Ibero-American Universities Network of ARIUSA (Alliance of Ibero-American Networks of Universities for Sustainability and the Environment) is starting a cooperative project entitled “Definition of indicators and assessment of commitments for sustainability at Ibero-American universities”. This project involves universities in nine different countries which will review several systems of sustainability indicators. The first set of indicators to be tested in each university and country during 2014 will be ready and presented in December at the 3rd ARIUSA Conference.
Both BOKU and VUEB, CA members in Austria, have a strong public commitment to sustainability in the fields of education, research and operations. Both universities have now started individual processes to develop sustainability strategies which engage all relevant university stakeholders (e.g. teachers and researchers, students, management staff) and have a strong support from the universities’ senior management teams. Close cooperation between the two universities support synergies and mutual learning.
Green IT is much more than turning printers and monitors off when you leave the office: it embodies an entire cycle including manufacture, procurement, use and disposal of IT technologies and services. The 1st UGAF School on Green IT (University of Oslo, 7-11 October) will provide a comprehensive understanding of the planning and implementation of Green IT strategy and practice.
Why should we care about the conditions that promote or hinder ESD endeavors in the higher education sector in South-Eastern and Eastern Europe? The answer is easy. Because although noteworthy sustainability related initiatives are to the found here, relatively little has been published so far. And this region is of particular interest.
This special issue has been edited by Prof Clemens Mader (Leuphana University, CA Vice-President), Prof Geoff Scott (University of Western Sydney) and Prof Dzulkifli Abdul Razak (International University Association) and will be published in November 2013.
This article written by Dr Alex Ryan and Prof Daniella Tilbury (University of Gloucestershire) explores the potential for engagement with the HE curriculum by bringing ESD into its quality assurance and quality enhancement system. It builds on insights gained from a national project funded by the Higher Education Funding Council for England, which worked in collaboration with the UK Quality Assurance Agency and a consortium of five universities. It considers the ways that ESD has entered the UK higher education sector and the potential connectivity that exists between ESD and quality.
Download this article here.
The University of Siena was founded in 1240. The city’s university grew constantly during the twentieth century, passing from four hundred students enrolled between the two World Wars to over twenty thousand students in recent years. At the same time the number of faculties increased from the original Medicine and Surgery and Law to include 15 Departments at present, which manage research and didactics.
We are delighted to announce that CA has officially been acknowledged as an observer of the Steering Committee of the UNECE Strategy for ESD. CA is now on the list of continuous observers through which it will receive all information about the registration and participation in the UNECE ESD process.
As part of our commitment to influence international dialogues, CA in partnership with UNU IAS (RCE) co-organised a side event on the 13th of May during the GUNi Conference in Barcelona. The event, entitled “The Rio+20 Sustainability Treaty on Higher Education: Engaging communities of learning in change for sustainability”, sought:
This new publication, edited by John Blewitt and Daniella Tilbury, examines ways in which resilience may be created within the web of ecological, socio-economic and cultural systems that make up the world in. The authors embark upon a learning journey exploring both robust and fragile systems and asking questions of groups and individuals actively involved in building or maintaining resilience.
This book is ideal for students and researchers working in the fields of conservation, sustainable development, education, systems thinking and development studies. It will also be of great interest to NGOs and government officers whose interests and responsibilities focus on conserving or reconstructing biodiversity and system resilience.
If you would like to pre-order a copy, please click here.
Please click here to download the new German speaking publication on Sustainability in Higher Education which identifies key ideas for embedding and implementing sustainability at the core of higher education institutions. The publication is the second and updated edition published by the German Commission for UNESCO. Cases from our members from Austria, Germany and Switzerland are included in the publication as well as a section on CA.
The second edition of theSpanish Journal on Sustainable Development(YAMU) is now available online. The journal is published by the University of Extremadura and its UNESCO Chair in Sustainable Development (CUDSUEx). It aims at promoting reflection and dialogue on areas related to sustainable development, environment and cultural singularity.
Nottingham Trent University is to host a new research centre, UK INDEMAND, in partnership with the universities of Cambridge, Leeds and Bath. The centre is now advertising for 3 Research Fellow posts and and 3 PhD Studentships.
Please click here to view an exciting piece of work developed by London South Bank University (LSBU) MSc International Business students taking the module on Sustainable Development & Global Citizenship. This authentic piece is also part of a social enterprise project and students have set a target of 100,000 views!
We are pleased to announce that the new website for the Rio+20 Treaty on Higher Education is now live.The Rio+20 Treaty is an initiative led by COPERNICUS Alliance which was launched at the UN Rio+20 Summit and presents the collective vision of higher education networks, groups and institutions that are seeking to build more sustainable futures.
We are delighted to announce that CA member, the University of Siena (Italy), has been selected by the United Nations as the Mediterranean hub for the UN Sustainble Developement Solutions Network. This regional network, called the Mediterranean Sustainable Development Solutions Network, MED-SDSN, will gather member universities, research centres and businesses interested in identifying and promoting Solutions Initiatives in the Mediterranean basin.
CA extends a warm welcome to the University of Siena (Italy) as new institutional member. We look forward to your participation in our planned activities for this year.
Envigogika, the Czech national peer reviewed electronic journal for environmental education (EE) and education for sustainable development (ESD) is preparing its first issue fully in English. The journal has been published by the Charles University Environment Center in Prague since 2006 and includes original academic papers, inspirational and informative articles, and reviews. The Czech editorial board includes active advocates of EE and ESD striving to promote professional dialogue in this field. The first English issue will be primarily focused on “mapping the field” in the Czech Republic, thus providing an insight into the state of the art with the intention to raise interest among the international community.
Deadline for Submissions: 30 August 2013. This special issue at the “Sustainability” Open Access Journal seeks contributions from scholars and practitioners whose theoretical or practical works examine issues associated with the development and delivery of curriculum, to contribute to the emerging discussion around the pedagogy for EfS/ESD in HEIs. For more information, please click here.
The 6th World Student Environmental Summit (WSES) 2013 will be hosted at CA member institution, Leuphana University Luneburg, Germany. Students from more than 40 different countries with different cultural and academic backgrounds will come to Lüneburg during 16-20 September 2013 to discuss urgent sustainability challenges.
On 23-24 April, the Mediterranean Information Office for Environment, Culture and Sustainable Development (MIO-ECSDE) and the University of Athens (NKUA) co-organised a training at the University Mohamed V Souissi in Rabat, Morocco. The workshop, entitled “Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) in the University: Theory and Practice” was organised within the framework of the Horizon 2020 CB/MEP project, funded by the European Commission and coordinated by MIO-ECSDE. Prof Daniella Tilbury, President of CA, and other experts in higher education and sustainability were invited to lead training sessions and provide training to around 40 participants from 14 Moroccan Universities of different regions of the country.
London South Bank University (LSBU) is one of London's largest and oldest universities and a founder member of the CA and a signatory to the UN Global Compact’s Principles of Responsible Management Education. Building on the foundations of the MSc in Education for Sustainability which we began in 1994, sustainability and education for sustainability are important and inclusive themes with a strong presence in the teaching and research activities at LSBU. Specifically within the Faculty of Business, sustainability themes are given specific attention in the BA Business Administration, BA Business Management, BA Accounting & Finance, MBA, MSc International Business and DBA programmes. Examples of modules where sustainability features particularly are Business Risk Management, Knowledge, Globalisation & Development and Sustainable Development & Global Citizenship. Across the curriculum, sustainability is embedded in topics such as corporate social responsibility (CSR), socially responsible investment and sustainable employability.
As part of our commitment to influence international dialogues, CA has joined forces with UNU IAS/RCEs to co-organise a side event on the 13th of May during the GUNi Conference. The event, entitled “The People’s Sustainability Treaty on Higher Education: Engaging communities of learning in change for sustainability”, seeks to:
We are pleased to announce that the ERASMUS Academic Network Project “University Educators for Sustainable Development (UE4SD)” was successfully submitted to the EACEA on the 31st of January. The project seeks to support the work of CA and was developed by a steering group composed by the University of Gloucestershire (lead organisation, UK), Charles University (Czech Republic), Leuphana University (Germany) and the University Autónoma of Madrid (Spain).
The Schumacher Institute for Sustainability Systems and the Charles University Environment Center, supported by CA, will co-host a transdisciplinary research workshop in Prague, Czech Republic, on May 24&25 under the auspices of the CONVERGE EU FP7 research project and Czech MOSUR project. The one and a half day workshop is designed for experts from across the EU area who are working in Transdisciplinary Research for Sustainability (TDRS). The event is for professionals from European Research Area (ERA) organisations and policy areas and for those who are running (or have run) transdisciplinary research projects on sustainability. The aim of the workshop is to help inform the EU’s research agendas and meta-agendas about evaluation, conduct and processes of TDRS with information, perspectives and analyses from practitioners, and to discuss and develop recommendations to the ERA to help enable better and more productive TDRS. For more information and to register your interest in participating, click here.
“Sustainability4U” is a joint initiative of the four universities in Graz – all COPERNICUS Alliance members – namely University of Graz, University of Technology Graz, Medical University Graz, University of Music and Performing Arts Graz. For the fourth time they organize a lecture series entitled „EU – EUROPEAN UTOPIA? – Sustainability as basis for society“. During March and June eight lectures will be held by university researchers as well as external well known speakers that address various topics such as mobility, climate change, human rights or demographic change. The lectures series are open for everybody and held in German language. More information is available on the Sustainability4U website.
In January 2013, the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna, the Vienna University of Economics and Business, the University of Salzburg and the Alpen-Adria University, Klagenfurt began to work on a collaborative project in the framework of the Alliance of Sustainable Universities in Austria entitled “Climate Friendly Climate Research”.
This publication developed by the University of Basque Country (Spain) aims at engaging the reader in one of the most important challenges of the 21st Century. At present, sustainable development is one of the main national and international concerns and calls for new ways of understanding the relationships between people and the environment. Universities are key players to promote innovative thinking and practice in the area of sustainable development.
The University of Gloucestershire has led a unique sector wide research project, which aimed to change the face of the higher education curriculum to make it more relevant to global sustainability challenges. Funded through the Higher Education Funding Council for England’s (HEFCE) Leadership Governance and Management Fund, it is the largest national project to deal with sustainability as a curriculum and whole-of-institution priority. The online guide contains video clips, insights, tips and adaptable tools for institutions, to support them in embedding EfS through quality assurance and enhancement systems. Please click here to access the online guide.
The CA extends a warm welcome to the Fondation UVED (France), the University of Basque Country (Spain) and the Conferencia de Rectores de Universidades Españolas (CRUE, Spain) as new members. We look forward to your participation in our planned activities for this year.
COPERNICUS Alliance (CA) and the United Nations University Institute of Advance Studies (UNU IAS) are delighted to invite you to participate at a side event which will take place at the GUNi 6th International Barcelona Conference on Higher Education:
As a university with a focus on natural resources and life sciences, the BOKU prides itself on being a “Universität des Lebens” (“university of life”) and continuously seeks to develop and improve upon aspects of sustainability in its teaching, research and campus operations.
Andrew Barton presents the People’s Treaty to the Society of Sustainable Living (Prague, 5 June 2012)
Rio+20 Higher Education Sustainability Initiative
In the run-up to Rio+20, the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, in a demonstration of its commitment to advancing sustainability, signed the Commitment to Sustainable Practices of Higher Education Institutions on the Occasion of the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development. The BOKU was the first, and thus far only, Austrian university to have signed the commitment.
BOKU researcher and senior lecturer, Michael Braito, in Rio for UNCSD 2012
Leadership, Learning and Climate Change:The Sustainability Revolution - This will develop your understanding of climate change and the implications for our future ways of learning, living and being on this planet.
The Catalan Research Network on Education for Sustainability (Xarxa Edusost) organised the 6th Seminar on ESD Research on the 5th July 2012. Dr Ingrid Mulà, CA Secretariat, was invited as a panellist to discuss and share her experiences on the Rio+20 Conference as well as to present the People´s Sustainability Treaty on Higher Education developed by the CA. The panel was also constituted by Dr Jesús Granados, from the Global University Network for Innovation (GUNi) and Ms Susanna Rivero, Secretary for Environmental and Sustainability at the Ministry of Territory and Sustainability (Government of Catalonia).
The Big Tent Group of Global Networks has produced two Global Communiqués on issues of community university research and engagement. These statements have proven to be quite useful to draw attention of policy makers and funders at local, national and international levels. The nature of these statements is that they are owned by all those who contribute to them and are in a sense co-owned by any and all of the various networks. The mean of achieving final consensus was done through a video dialogue.
CA Member of the Scientific Steering Committee, Philipp Schoeffmann (WU Vienna) and Dr Clemens Mader represented the COPERNICUS Alliance at the People’s Treaty’s Event at Rio Centro (13 June 2012)
he People’s Sustainability Treaty on Higher Education is an initiative led by the CA and seeks commitment and action for transformative change across the higher education system. The CA team engaged with this initiative as it aligned with commitments it made for 2012-14 including: increasing the visibility and work of CA at the international level; lobbying for policy change in higher education; and, the development of collaborative initiatives to support change for sustainability.
On Monday 18 June, CA joined other higher education for sustainability organisations (such as EAUC, ACTS, AASHE, GUNi, KACI, CEE, EuroMed) and hosted an offifical side event at the Rio+20 Conference.
“Research studies demonstrate that only a few universities have been successful in transforming the whole institutional culture and inspiring a widespread institutional change. The reality is that changing the culture and structure of universities and colleges is highly complex and requires the involvement of the whole institutional community. Change for sustainability in higher education has been primarily
driven by international partnerships and networks which are directing efforts to support sustainability innovation in all areas of universities.”
The German Commission for UNESCO organised an international ESD workshop in Bonn during the 27 to 28 February 2012. The Workshop entitled “Horizon 2015” contributed to the on-going international discussions about the future of ESD and the UN DESD beyond 2014. This meeting provided a platform for around fifty acknowledged experts and government officials from across the world to take stock of the UN DESD implementation and Bonn Declaration (2009) as well as to discuss perspectives for ESD beyond 2014.
We are pleased to confirm the involvement of over twenty key HE associations and agencies as well as students groups from across the globe in the Higher Education Treaty.
Call for entries for the Fourth Annual 2012 ISCN Awards is now open. The ISCN Awards recognise sustainable campus projects that demonstrate leadership, creativity, effectiveness and outstanding performance in the areas of Building, Campus, Integration and Student Initiatives.
The COPERNICUS Alliance has agreed to lead the People’s Higher Education Sustainability Treaty for Rio+20. The Peoples’ Sustainability Treaties consist of a declaration and action plan, which demonstrate the collective visions of people worldwide and help to advance the global movement forging sustainable futures for all. Through joint civil society efforts, the Treaties call for the realisation of practical and sector-specific outcomes at Rio+20.
The COPERNICUS Alliance has recently entered an important international partnership which aims to raise the profile of higher education at the Rio+20 Summit and propose recommendations on how the sector can contribute to the green economy. The international partnership is constituted by the following organisations:
The Copernicus Alliance (CA) elected a new President and Vice-President at their recent Annual General Meeting which took place at Kerkrade in November 2011. Professor Daniella Tilbury (University of Gloucestershire, UK) was elected as President and Dr Clemens Mader (University of Graz, Austria) was elected as Vice-President. The new Team is committed to prioritising Education for Sustainability activities, strengthening Rio+20 outcomes for higher education and extending the network across Europe.
The Global University Network for Innovation (GUNI) has released the fourth report in its Higher Education in the World series:"Higher Education's Commitment to Sustainability: from Understanding to Action."